Another Look in the Field – Compaction, tillage and erosion repair

While harvest is in full swing and attention is focused most intensely on the yield monitor, soil considerations are important even if they are just below the horizon. Avoiding or reducing soil compaction is important with all of the potential traffic across your fields during harvest operations. Keep in mind that a full combine or grain cart can have an axle load near 40 tons and can create soil compaction 30-36 inches into the profile.

The best management practice to reduce compaction is to use the same wheel tracks when making additional passes across a field. Under the best conditions, more than 80 percent of compaction damage is done on the first pass across the field so limit that damage to the fewest number of wheel tracks when possible. Avoid angular traffic or “shortest path” traffic, as well. While it might save you a few moments of time, the potential damage to your soil and future yields can have an even greater value.

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Duluth Port an option for bulk shipping soybeans to EU

Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council has a keen interest in re-energizing shipping of soybeans and soybean meal via the Duluth/Superior twin ports, especially as rail transportation capacity issues have arisen for soybean growers.

Minnesota Soybean farmers and staff, along with Midwest Shippers Association (MSA) staff, have been looking into bulk loading capabilities and handling considerations at ship loading elevators for independent exporters at Duluth. For next spring, bulk ship loading capability is looking promising and break bulk loading of products in bags and totes by crane is available now.

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Biofuels Gathering Unites Industry Leaders

The 2014 Advanced Biofuels Conference came and went with ideas shared about new technologies, biofuels opportunities and challenges the industry faces when it comes to policy and regulations.

Minnesota Soybean CEO Tom Slunecka and Senior Director of Field Services Mike Youngerberg attended the conference, held Oct. 13 and 14 in Minneapolis. Read more

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MSGA Pleased with EPA Enlist Duo Decision; Awaits Minn. Approval

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced it will register Dow’s Enlist Duo herbicide for use with Enlist soybeans, a decision the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) applauded.

George Goblish

MSGA President George Goblish

“The EPA’s decision to register Enlist Duo herbicide is important for all farmers,” MSGA President George Goblish said. He added that it will be important for the EPA to register the herbicide in Minnesota.

Currently Enlist Duo is registered for six states, with an additional 10 being considered. The initial six states were part of the Agency’s original proposed registration for the Enlist Duo product. During the decision-making process, EPA scientists completed an endangered species risk assessment for the 2,4-D choline salt, as required by the Endangered Species Act, for the initial six states and concluded that the use, as approved, would not pose a risk to endangered species or their habitat.

EPA scientists have now completed risk assessments for the 2,4-D choline salt for 10 additional states, including Minnesota. The Agency is accepting comments until Nov. 14 to register Enlist Duo in those 10 additional states.

“While Minnesota soybean farmers won’t be able to take advantage of this new tool yet, we’re still excited about the decision,” Goblish said. “The Enlist Duo registration unties farmers’ hands and gives them another option to combat weed issues.”

The new, low-volatility Enlist Duo herbicide will be utilized with Enlist soybeans, when commercialized, to control resistant and difficult to manage weeds.

More information on the EPA’s decision can be found here.

ASA DuPont Young Leader

ASA DuPont Young Leader Program Tabs Two from Minn.

The American Soybean Association DuPont Young Leader Program announced this week that it has accepted two Minnesota applicants for the 2015 Young Leader Program.

Ryan Wondercheck of Lamberton, Minn., and Aaron Yaggie of Thief River Falls, Minn., will be the next Minnesota ASA DuPont Young Leaders. Wondercheck will participate in the program with his wife, Wendy. Read more

Invasive species

Exploring an invasive problem for rural and urban communities

Tuesday and Wednesday of this week I attended the Minnesota Water Resources Conference. This conference is put on by the University of Minnesota’s Water Resource Center. The topics vary from lakes and wetlands to low impact development, outreach, fish and nutrients. The event was attended by more than 500 individuals from varied backgrounds. Read more

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MAWRC holding info meeting for member organization staff

The Minnesota Agriculture Water Resource Coalition (MAWRC) is hosting a discussion and farm tour 1 p.m to 4 p.m., Oct. 29 for all member organization staff interested in learning about the Discovery Farms program.

MAWRC staff will be discussing outreach efforts and providing guidance in creating an organization’s water related outreach efforts.

Participants should plan to meet at the Minnesota Soybean office, 151 St. Andrews Ct, Suite 710, Mankato. After 1 p.m. introductions, the group will travel to a Discovery Farms location south of Mankato before returning to the Minnesota Soybean office to continue the discussion.

Interested participants should RSVP Warren Formo at

Soybean Quality, Customer Relationship Importance of Asian Visits

A group of soybean purchasers and quality assessors from China and Indonesia passed through Minnesota early this week to observe the quality and yield of this year’s soybean crop while visiting local farms. The farm visits were part of the AGP-SRDC harvest tour and sampling survey on behalf of the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council in partnership with AGP. Read more

Soybean Harvest

Poll: Soybean harvest nearing halfway mark

Minnesota soybean farmers are moving closer to the half-way mark, according to a Minnesota Soybean poll.Minnesota Soybean harvest

Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) directors, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) directors and county soybean growers association board members were asked about the state of the soybean harvest to date. The poll was sent to nearly 400 state directors and county board members, with a little more than 25% responding. Our soybean harvest poll isn’t scientific and is only meant to give a snapshot of the soybean harvest. Thanks to all who participated.

Another Look in the Field – Fall Activity Continues

Fall activity continues this week with interruptions of rain showers slowing the process around the state and another band expected in the next few days. Yield reports from individual growers suggest that soybean yield will approach average across the whole state with some areas detrimentally impacted by difficult spring conditions and others by late dry and localized hail damage. Read more